Young Faces Make Big Time Plays for WVU
WVU had it’s usual suspects handle business early, but it was fresh faces that saved the day.
WVU wasted no time Saturday. On the first drive of the game, Quarterback Will Grier found receiver Ka’Raun White on a 62-yard deep ball, that set up a ten-yard touchdown pass to David Sills two plays later. On defense, the Mountaineers got off to a great start as well. Senior Linebacker Al-Rasheed Benton had an interception to give the Mountaineers the momentum back.
It seemed like that’s how the entire game would go. A flawless game from the Mountaineers and a lackluster performance from Iowa State. Grier was flourishing throughout the first half due to the play calling from Offensive Coordinator Jake Spavital. Grier going into halftime had completed 12-13 passes for 233-yards and two touchdowns. Almost like the Grier we saw the first five weeks of the season.It even seemed like vintage Justin Crawford had showed up to the party. Crawford going into halftime had 19 carries for 83-yards. The game plan seemed like it was working perfectly, then the first half ended.
Iowa State came out in the second half with a new energy and demeanor. Slowly, but surely the Cyclones crawled back into the game as the Mountaineers rolled over throughout the third quarter.
Iowa State’s running back David Montgomery, and Quarterback Kyle Kempt put the Cyclones back in the game. After Kempt threw an interception in the first half, he bounced back and played a composed game, protecting the ball and spreading the ball around.
Montgomery, being the shifty back he is, exposed the tackling problems the WVU has had all year. Cyclon wide out Allen Lazard, caught a crucial touchdown on the one-yard line which made it a two score game at the end of the third quarter, but it did turn into a game that would come down to who makes a mistake first. Instantly it looked like WVU was going to be the team to make the mistakes. Especially since the Mountaineers had accumulated eight penalties for 85-yards in saturday’s game.
When it came time for big time players to make big plays, that is exactly what they did. Hakeem Bailey had been picked on all game, but deflected two passes that would have continued Iowa State drives. The Corner Bailey struggled throughout most of the game, but stepped up in the fourth quarter when he was needed most. Freshman defensive back Kenny Robinson deflected a play on fourth down that would ultimately seal the game for WVU.
The Mountaineers offense may have went completely silent in the second half, but it was a defensive effort that led WVU to a victory over a #15 ranked Iowa State.